Love is the greatest refreshment in life.
Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.
It's a wonder we don't dissolve in our own bath water.
My object is to show what I have found, not what I am looking for.
An artist must forget painting when he paints. That's the only way he will do original work.
Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider web. That is why we must not discriminate between things.
The chief enemy of creativity is "good taste."
Accidents, try to change them--it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.
Good artists copy; great artists steal.
Age only matters when one is aging. Now that I have arrived at a great age, I might just as well be twenty.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Art and nature, being two different things, cannot be the same.
Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing. Taste is the enemy of creativity.
All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art.
All things considered, there is only Matisse.
The important thing is to create. Nothing else matters; creation is all.